Well, it looks like big bro George and big sis Charlotte finally have something to call their newly-born sibling. On Friday, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their baby’s name. And what have the royal couple chosen for their newborn son’s name? The fifth royal in line for the British throne will be Prince Louis Arthur Charles. Like so many royal babies before him, the new prince’s name is laden with much meaning. So what is the meaning of the royal baby’s name?
Technically, the youngest of the royals will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. Even so, let’s start with his first name, Louis (pronounced “loo-EE”). In French, the name means “renowned warrior.” But that may not be the only reason behind the new mom and dad’s choice.
Louis is also a well-used name among the royals and one with a special connection to Prince William’s family. Prince William’s great-uncle (by marriage—Prince Philip’s uncle), Louis the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, was tragically assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979. There’s also Prince Philip’s grandfather, Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg. Louis is also within Prince William’s full name (William Arthur Philip Louis) and Prince George’s full name (George Alexander Louis). Now that’s a lot of Louis’s.
Now on to Arthur. It’s a tradition to use the name “Arthur” in the royal family. Princes Charles and William are also both Arthurs (at least in middle name). You probably already figured out the Charles part on your own. Obviously, that’s a popular royal name too—and the first name of little Prince Louis’ grandfather.
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